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Exposed “healer” Popoff is back to take your money

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We are again pleased to bring you news of brilliant skeptical activism from UK’s Good Thinking Society as they expose former fraud televangelist Peter Popoff. He’s back to his old tricks “healing” people. But also, he has what appears to be a lucrative fund-raising plan that demands money from patrons in exchange for gimmicks and…

Health board prevails for standing up against homeopathy

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A woman, Honor Watt, sued Lothian Health Board in the UK after they stopped providing the controversial treatments for her arthritis. The Board had concluded (as is the overwhelming consensus) that homeopathy does not work and is not a proper use of their funds. Source: Honor Watt loses legal bid to force Lothian Health Board…

Just a fish, not a “monster”

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News Morsel: Adele Battersby found the four foot-long beast lying dead on the shore of the Littleborough lake and it’s enough to give you nightmares. Not if you aren’t afraid of FISH. It’s probably a pike. Source: What is this ‘Roch Ness Monster’ washed up at Hollingworth Lake? – Manchester Evening News People might need…

Cat on a Roman tile roof

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News Driblet: Isn’t that just like a cat, walking through the clay while it was drying. Archaeologists found this 2,000 years remnant that the builders used despite the prints. The print has only just been noticed on a Roman roof tile unearthed in the city in 1969. Source: 2,000-year-old cat’s paw print uncovered in Gloucester –…

Show of hands: Palmistry is bullshit

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The Good Thinking Society (UK) produced a set of videos documenting an investigation into palm readers. There is no basis to palmistry, it doesn’t work, it makes no sense, and the GTS shows that at least in this case, it sounds more like scripted repetition instead of any personalized reading. You will love how all…

Professor makes “bonkers” claim that climate scientists killed by death squad

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See UPDATE below. Cambridge Professor Peter Wadhams suspects the deaths of the three scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ coincidence. Source: Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims. A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated…

Mystery ‘beast’ in Plymouth is… unknown

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A ‘big cat’ has been spotted prowling the Plymouth suburbs with locals wondering what the ‘mystery animal’ could be. Source: Mystery ‘beast’ spotted roaming Plymouth suburbs A mystery animal has been spotted prowling in the garden of a house on the outskirts of Plymouth. Office worker Carole Desforges saw the animal from her living room…

Today’s forecast: Red rain

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Prepare for a fall of blood rain. No, it’s not a portent of doom, well, it does bode ill for those with asthma and breathing problems. The fine particles in the air create pollution. ‘Blood rain’ to fall on Britain as red Saharan dust blows in from Africa – Telegraph. ‘Blood rain’ will fall on…

An original copy of the Magna Carta has surfaced in Kent

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Amazing! Original Magna Carta Copy Found in Scrapbook. An original copy of the Magna Carta has been discovered in a scrapbook in Kent, England. The tattered document dates back to 1300, 85 years after King John of England was compelled to sign the first agreement limiting the rights of kings. This version was issued by…

A British pub ghost debunked… by the Daily Mail?

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The Daily Mirror reports today on some “ghostly” goings-on in Birmingham pub “The Old Crown”. The incident amounts to little more than a bottle tipping and rolling to the floor, seemingly without interference. Here’s the video on youtube. Details of the incident are sketchy in the Mirror, but ironically, The Daily Mail carries much more information…

Beach loses all its sand, regains it the next day

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Very dramatic. Cornish beach is washed away overnight… then reappears. A British beach which was stripped of all its sand overnight by a freak high tide for the first time in living memory, has miraculously been restored. Overnight on Wednesday a severe high tide removed all the sand – leaving it a rocky not sandy…

Hypnosis thief on video using seemingly magical methods

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A man is being dubbed the “hypnotist thief” as it appears from a security video that he put the owner of a shop in a sort of “trance” before robbing him. It looks like Derren Brown’s street magic. But is it possible to be hypnotized like this? Many are skeptical. What’s going on here? Moment ‘hypnotist…

King Richard’s genes reveal hidden royal scandal

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Well, isn’t this interesting. You never know what you’re going to get. The body found buried in a car park now has additional evidence to show it really is that of Richard III. But wait… there’s more… Richard III DNA shows British Royal family may not have royal bloodline. Genetic testing through his maternal DNA proved…

UK is booming – What was that noise?

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There has been a wave of mystery booms across the UK leaving people to speculate wildly on the possible causes. The Big Bang Theory: Was it UFOs, fireworks or a sonic boom that caused loud noises in skies above Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and the UK on Saturday? | Gloucestershire Echo. Did you hear the mysterious series…

Peter Underwood, paranormal researcher, passed at age 91

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I heard of the passing of paranormal researcher Peter Underwood via Twitter. Thanks to Cindy Bowers of Group of Fort FB group for finding this Hidden Highgate site obit. I have contacted some people who knew him and will add comments as I get them. Peter Underwood R.I.P 1923 – 2014 – Hidden Highgate. I…

Brainy the tapeworm is evicted after four years of causing trouble

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I think the lesson here from this very strange diagnosis is DON’T PUT RAW FROG IN YOUR EYES! British man ‘had tapeworm in brain for four years’. A BRITISH man lived for four years with a rare tapeworm in his brain, scientists have revealed. The 1cm-long parasite left the 50-year-old man in pain and with memory problems…

Out of place pufferfish found on UK beach

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Pufferfish, balloon fish, porcupine fish, are native to tropical waters. This was not a typical visitor to the UK shoreline. Poisonous Pufferfish found washed up on Chesil Beach. A POISONOUS tropical pufferfish has been found washed up on Chesil Beach. Richard Fabbri, who works at Weymouth Watersports, found the 12-inch oceanic pufferfish while on a…

Black eyed child craze is for the extremely gullible

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Seriously people, Halloween has been ruined for me since starting this site. The Stupid. It Burns. Spookily familiar – is the ‘ghost’ seen in this photo taken on Cannock Chase an imposter?. SIGHTINGS of black-eyed spectres on Cannock Chase have begun making the rounds on social media in the run up to Halloween, as reported…

Woman discovers large leech in her nasal passage

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Don’t bring back live animals hidden in your body cavities as souvenirs. Just saying… Woman finds three-inch leech in nose after South East Asia trip. A backpacker found a 3in (7.5cm) leech that had been living up her nose for a month after a trip to South East Asia. Daniela Liverani, 24, from Edinburgh, had…